On Saturday, September 16th, residents are invited to participate in the 2017 Scotiabank AIDS Walk. This years theme is “Tied Together”. The event, hosted by Positive Living North (PLN), has been taking place for over 20 years.
Henry Morgan is the 2017 Walk Champion. “When I was asked, I was nervous and I wasn’t sure what it meant. Before I was always supporting and working within the AIDS Walk. It’s like asking someone to represent.”
Morgan has been participating in the walk for 7 years. He has worked with people living with HIV/AIDS through PLN, has provided addiction counseling services to community members and has been apart of various outreach programs. “We drink the same water, we breath the same air. We are human beings. There is no difference between them [people living with HIV/AIDS] and myself. I could have easily been there if I had taken another path.”
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk is part of PLNs biggest annual fundraiser. Combined with the AIDS Walk raffle and the ‘Paint the Town Red’ gala fundraiser, the organization has been able to raise about $30,000 each year. All proceeds directly benefit those living with HIV/AIDS in the community through services provided at PLN. Organizers are hoping to raise at least $5,000 from the walk itself this year.
“We have been having about 100 people at the walks itself,” says Angela Paul, the AIDS Walk Coordinator. “It has been a little slower because we have been doing it during the week. Of course people are working. This year we are hoping we can get more people to come out because it’s being held on the weekend.”
The local Scotiabank AIDS Walk is being held in conjunction with walks held in 27 other communities across Canada between September 8th and September 30th. Since its inception in 1996, the national Scotiabank AIDS Walk has raised over $42 million.
The walk will take place at the Canada Games Plaza at 11 a.m. Those who haven’t registered yet are asked to arrive at 10:30 a.m.